04 September 2013

Wedding Photography| Tasneem AlSultan

The first time I was introduced to Tasneem Alsultan's work was from a friend of mine's wedding photos, at the time I didn't know her name but I remember that I really liked the shots which seemed effortlessly chic. Tasneem is a woman who has immediately carved a name for herself in the photography scene here in the Middle East as an exceptional photographer, she has been featured in many publications and considered a 1st choice for many weddings and I believe it is because of her ability to transform the typical wedding shots we are all used to since ever to something different & interesting, her candid, funny, fairytale-esque and honest shots of  local and expat couples leave you with a warm fuzzy feeling inside. She has definitely chosen a beautiful way to show the rest of the world that our region can produce creativity, love & hope for the future. We got to ask Tasneem a couple of questions and here's what she had to say..   

1- Tell us about yourself, where are you from and do you have an artistic background or did it all start with photography?
I'm Saudi and have lived between the UK and the US. A few years ago, I moved back to the Middle-East and lived in Bahrain & UAE. I've always had more interest, at school, in Art and enjoyed it more than sciences. Whilst owning a family and children's studio in Bahrain for a year, I was asked by a friend to shoot her wedding. I was very hesitant at first as I understood the great responsibility that came with it. I had no idea, at the time, that I would venture off into weddings, I enjoy it that much.

2- Who were the main supporters for your talent from the beginning? 
Parents and friends were a huge support. 

3- What gives you ideas and inspires you to create such amazing imagery?
I love fashion, movies, art, everything in front of us can a be a visual feast of inspiration.

4- Where there any obstacles in becoming a wedding photographer? considering that our society is a very private one.
Privacy of wedding images being my main obstacle, I rarely get the opportunity to share the weddings I've shot on my website or in public. Although I understand the culture and appreciate the trust that the brides give me in shooting their weddings, I do wish I could share how gorgeous our Arab weddings can be. 

5- If you could be invisible for one day with your camera what would you like to shoot…
I'm very lucky with the job that I have. I think I would just want to shoot another wedding.

6- Are there any funny stories during a wedding shoot that you would like to share with us.
That's a tough one. I remember once getting excited shooting a small wedding in Bahrain. I was standing on the edge of a water fountain shooting the family portraits and fell right in. Fortunately, I kept my arms high enough for the camera to not to get in the water, and get good shots of the family laughing at me.

7- Do you intend to expand your photography services in future and how can our readers contact you if they ever needed you for an event?

I don't really know what will happen in the future. Right now I'm just focusing on learning and getting better than yesterday.

You can contact Tasneem through her website: www.tasneemalsultan.com 

Written by: Amal Ismail
Interview Questions: Rihanna AlMulla & Amal Ismail
Photos: courtesy of Tasneem Alsultan
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